Scientist conducting research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Research and social impact

All the research that we undertake, and the work that we do to generate new knowledge, is designed to have a social impact, helping improve people’s lives and the environment. Delivering social impact through research is a key part of our strategic plan Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change and is integrated with the Changemaker Challenges.

The Changemaker Challenges include making a positive difference to Northamptonshire in the key areas of:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Culture, Heritage and the Environment
  • Enterprise and Innovation

We are working with local partners to deliver these four Challenges as we strive to improve Northamptonshire.

Success in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the University of Northampton submitted to nine Units of Assessment. ‘World-leading’ research was identified in our submissions for:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Art and Design
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Education Units of Assessment

In History, 22% of research was rated as ‘world-leading’. In Art and Design, 20% of submissions were ranked ‘world-leading’ for their impact. ‘International excellence’ was identified in the submissions in Business and Management Studies, Engineering and Psychology units of assessment.

The complete results in the REF 2014 for the University of Northampton are available to view online.

For complete results data, please visit the results website.

Our Impact case studies were submitted to REF 2014, and are available to view on the REF website.

Research integrity

The University is committed to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity and our Research Integrity Policy, Action Plan and Annual Statements are available to download.